Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Idolatry and Contrasting Points of View

In Exodus, God hands down the Ten Commandments. The second commandment forbids any graven images. Later in the same book, God tells Moses how the tabernacle is to be built and decorated — and all those chapters seem to instruct … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Idolatry and Contrasting Points of View

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Theology Matters, Especially ISIS Theology

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: I have been wondering what it is about the Islamic religion that justifies the actions taken against innocent civilians?  Certainly people have been making war on each other for as long as we have been called Human … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Theology Matters, Especially ISIS Theology

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Justice Issues and Heaven for Pets

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: How can “the church” as an institution address or correct social/economic injustices based on race both within the church and in society? How can the church itself restructure to ensure “power sharing” among people of different ethnic … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Justice Issues and Heaven for Pets

Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Forced Rehab and Misplaced Forgiveness

Dear Thoughtful Pastor: Is it possible to force a person into rehab? My mom confronted my sister about her drug problem again. Of course my sister continues to deny it even though we all know she is lying. She has … Continue reading Ask the Thoughtful Pastor: Forced Rehab and Misplaced Forgiveness